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Title    What Happens If You Happen to Touch an Active 6kW AM Antenna
Date    Sunday March 31, @04:29PM
Author    janrinok
Topic   
from the this-time-with-an-actual-working-link-to-the-article dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=24/03/30/0650217

canopic jug writes:

Vlogger Jeff Geerling wanted to clear up just what might happen if he touched a 6kW AM transmitter's antenna.

IMPORTANT: Do not attempt to replicate our experiment. It is meant to demonstrate the dangers of RF, and there are a number of radio engineers, landscaping professionals, and other personnel who have written RF safety rules with their blood (or, in most cases, a permanent and painful RF burn that goes through the inside of their body). Don't touch radio towers—AM or otherwise.

[...] You really should watch the video for the full effect, though. Pictures can't convey what happens.

I predicted the hot dog would either explode, or do pretty much nothing. My Dad imagined there would be some arcing.

Well, he was right—the hot dog wound up being a very effective loudspeaker, transmitting the audible sound with pretty high fidelity, at a volume around that of a yelling human, maybe 80-100 dBa. (Next time we attempt such an experiment, we may bring a dB meter and spectrum analyzer to judge the sound reproduction capabilities of different meats1).

The bottom line is that experts recommend not messing with live towers. The fence is there for a reason.


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  1. "canopic jug" - https://soylentnews.org/~canopic+jug/
  2. "he touched a 6kW AM transmitter's antenna" - https://www.jeffgeerling.com/blog/2024/talking-hot-dog-gives-new-meaning-ham-radio
  3. "watch the video" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgDxXDV4_hc
  4. "1" - https://www.jeffgeerling.com/blog/2024/talking-hot-dog-gives-new-meaning-ham-radio#fn:meats
  5. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=62435

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